Why We Catch and Release
The practice of catching and releasing is widely debated. Some argue that keeping your catch to feed yourself and your family is the most natural and sustainable fishing practice. Others would argue that we are not responsible enough to make that decision for ourselves. If we really only took the fish we were going to eat, then great, but we all know that’s never going to happen and before
you know it, no more fish. No more fishing. This is why we need organizations and government agencies to help protect the fish from overzealous fishermen (and women).
Follow the catch and release rules, they are there for a good reason
We know, we know, people hate being told what to do, and they hate being told that they can’t be trusted with their own decisions when it comes to catching and releasing. But agencies like the U.S. Department of Interior have gone to great lengths studying the population of fish in our rivers, lakes and oceans. You need to trust them when they tell you to release your catch safely back into the water.
As a responsible fisherman, it is your duty to keep up with the ever-changing rules and regulations set forth by wildlife organization. They are experts in managing our bodies of water, making sure that fish and fishermen can thrive and survive side by side. Extensive studies are performed to keep tabs on the growing, or dwindling, fish populations. One day your favorite fishing spot may allow you to catch and keep your fish, and the next they’re telling you to catch and release. Trust these organizations to do their job. They are very good at making sure the population of fish continue to thrive, and in turn, recreational fishermen can also continue to enjoy their favorite pastime.
National Park Service encourages all recreational anglers to always catch and release
With 44 million avid recreational anglers in the US alone, you can see why we may need a little regulation of our fish and wildlife. The National Parks Service will always encourage anglers to catch and release, but, in places where the decision is left up to you, ask yourself one question: how hungry are you? Be responsible and take only the fish that you intend to eat. Wasting a catch is just selfish and irresponsible.
If you’re not sure what the rules are at your local fishing spot, or you are just getting hooked on fishing, ask! Or find a professional and responsible guide to show you the ropes and the rules.
Fishing as a sport is a privilege. Don’t abuse it!